Scouting Report: EJ Henderson

A dominant collegiate defender that's been at the forefront of the Maryland Terps resurgence the past two years, EJ Henderson made his presence known on Saturday's but how does he project to the next level.

Full Name: EJ Henderson     School:  Maryland

Ht:  6-1     Wt: 245          40: 4.83

Year:5Sr     Number:45

Stats/ Bio

2001: Started 11 games; ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, consensus first team All-American and one of three finalists for the Dick Butkus Award.  Led the ACC in tackles (150) and tackles for loss (28), also accumulating six sacks, one interception, four pass breakups, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and two blocked kicks.  Broke Randy White's school record with four tackles for loss against Clemson.

2000: Started ten games leading the team in tackles with 109/13/2. 

1999: Appeared in eleven games spending most of the year as a backup linebacker but made late-season starts against Florida State and Virginia totaling 39 tackles.

Scouting Report

The Good: Forceful run defending linebacker that makes a lot of plays up the field.  Breaks down well, takes on then defeats blocks at the point of attack and fires through the hole in run defense.  Scrapes laterally to the flanks, quick reading the action against the run and snuffs out the ball carrier.  Displays a short burst of speed to the action and squares into the tackle, wrapping up ball handlers and bringing them down on initial contact.  

The Bad: Pass covers well in a small area but lacks range, agility and better in a confined quarters. Lacks the quick, fluid change of direction.  Gets sucked up the field and out of position on play action passes.  Must improve his instincts against in coverage.  

The Skinny: Best against the run when his area duties are kept to a minimal.  May also be better suited for a three-four inside linebacker as opposed to a pure middle linebacker.

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